John

Peter: Restoration.

How do I prove my love for Jesus? (John 21:15-23)

  1. By Caring for his people. (John 21:15-17)
  2. By being Faithful no matter what. (John 21:18-19)
  3. By refusing to Compare myself to others. (John 21:20-23)
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Small Group Discussion

WHOLE GROUP
Read John 21:15-23

1 - Though we know we are forgiven in Christ (those who have received Him!), we do we still struggle with guilt from time to time?

2 - Discuss the usage of the words for “love” in the exchange between Jesus and Peter (John 21:15-17). What is the significance? What kind of love does Jesus call us to? What does that look like?

3 - How do we often compare ourselves to other Christians / churches? Why do we do this? How does Jesus’ statement to Peter (John 21:22) address our desire to compare ourselves with others?

BREAKOUT

What are YOU doing right now to “love Jesus’ people”? What is He calling you to do? What is keeping you from doing it?

7 Words from the Cross - Part 6

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"It is finished."

Review: John 19:30  |  Heb 10:4  |  Rom 5:8

 

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
John 19:30

  1. What was "finished", exactly? Be specific, and list as many things as you can!

  2. Why didn't Jesus say "I am finished"? What's the difference between that and "It is finished"?

  3. What are ways people try to "earn" their way to God? Why is it blasphemous to try to add to the completed work of Jesus on the cross?

  4. What is the difference between Old Testament atonement vs Jesus "taking away" our sin? See Hebrews 10:4.

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another!

7 Words from the Cross - Part 5

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"I thirst."

Review: John 19:28-29  |  Matt 27:47  |  Exodus 12:22  |  John 7:4  |  Psalm 23  |  Psalm 69:21

 

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
John 19:28-29

  1. Why did Jesus drink this sour wine when He earlier refused to drink (Matthew 27:34)?

  2. What is the significance of the statement "I thirst"? Why is this more than just a declaration of a physical need?

  3. What does Jesus' fulfilling this last prophecy teach us about God's Word as a whole?

  4. What is significant about the hyssop branch being used to take wine to Jesus? What was God communicating with this?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for one another.

7 Words from the Cross - Part 3

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"Woman, behold, your son! ...Behold, your mother!"

Review: John 19:26-27

 

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
John 19:26-27

  1. Why did Jesus say this from the cross (as opposed to sometime before or after)? What does this tell you of God’s care for you?

  2. Why did Jesus make John responsible for His mother? Why not one of His brothers? What does this say about the role of "spiritual family relationships" in the church?

  3. What concern do you have right now that you need Jesus to care for and provide for?

Breakout Questions:
Pray for your answers to question #3.

What Were You Expecting?

Introduction:


The Biblical facts:

  1. You are born with a Sinful, Selfish nature. (Isaiah 53:6)

  2. You are Surrounded by a world full of people with sinful, selfish natures. (Romans 3:23)

  3. The world is under a Curse. (Romans 8:20-22)

  4. Satan is, for now, called the Ruler of this world and has incredible influence on it. (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11).

Five Gifts Jesus has Provided that Give us Peace in a Hard World:

  1. People (John 13:34)

  2. Promises (John 14:2)

  3. Presence (John 14:16-17)

  4. Power (John 15:5)

  5. Prayer (John 16:23-24)
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read
John 16:33, and read corresponding verses with each point. 

  1. Tell of a time you were majorly disappointed by something (serious OR fun story!).

  2. Why do people seem to expect an “easy life"? How do your expectations affect other areas of your life?

  3. How can we actively love others (in our Small Groups, in the church) the way Jesus loves us? Be specific!

  4. What does it mean to "abide in Christ" (John 15:5, 10)? Is this a “passive” activity, or is there "action" to take on your part? Explain. 
     

Breakout Questions:

Confess areas of your life where you’ve had wrong expectations. Which "gift from Jesus" (hint: the 5 sermon points) do you personally need to experience most right now?